The sunset hue of Malabar spiced Tea undoubtedly does impress any Tea lover. Sulaimani Chai Recipe is easy to whip up.
Sulaimani Chai was introduced to the Southern Malabar coast by Arab traders. And thereafter the naming ceremony happened. Sulaiman means ‘Man of Peace’ in Arabic.
It was 2013 January when my affair with Sulaimani Chai began. I was attending a wedding ceremony in Kollam , a picturesque town in Kerala.
This tea was part of that elaborated Lunch Menu. Perfectly balanced with cardamom & palm jaggery ,the black tea was served in a tiny glass post Lunch.
The most refreshing drink one can have after Malabar style Mutton Biriyani !
Do check this Malabar style Fish Fry Recipe here.
Sulaimani Chai Recipe
The basic ingredients of this Malabar spiced tea are Tea powder , Lemon juice & Jaggery. Mostly the dust tea CTC or Assam black tea is used.
There are again a lot of variations to this tea adding spices like Cinnamon, Cardamom ,Clove , occasionally Saffron !
Before pouring the hot pipping tea, one mint leaf is placed in the glass.
That brings an extra charm and uplifts the refreshing flavour a level up. I love that look !
Sweetener in Sulaimani Chai
Traditionally Jaggery is used to make this Tea. In most of the Tea Stall you find Sugar that sweetens the drink.
You can use Honey replacing Jaggery.That will definitely change the flavour.I suggest you to try with different sweetener and choose your favourite !
My favourite is the one with Jaggery.
Making this Malabar spiced tea is an easy task. Brew a cup of Black tea. Adding spices is purely optional. I like adding black pepper if not adding fresh Ginger. That brings that zing factor. Mix Jaggery and switch off the flame.
Squeeze lemon juice into your glass and a fresh mint leaf. The moment you start pouring the tea , you will be impressed with that beautiful shade of Amber !